Some 30 years after it ceased production, the Fox Body Mustang is seeing a renaissance of sorts. It’s not that these cars ever disappeared from the performance car lexicon, but they were relegated to niche hobbyists and dedicated racers. Now, cars like the Fox coupe are regaining fans and selling for premium prices.
Along the way, these cars have gathered fans whose memories come from a time before they could drive, but others have been with the movement from the moment it was legally possible. That is certainly the case for Brandon Gibson, who was a Fox Mustang fan from the jump, and got behind the wheel as soon as he had a license.
“My first car was a Mustang, I have loved them ever since,” Gibson explains. “In high school, the Fox Body was the car to have. I’ve owned at least one Fox Body since I could drive — four in total. I still have two of them.”
While Ford fans could never question his Fox platform credentials, Gibson found his love of cars by taking a bit of a detour. Like many, his father was an influence on taking the path to internal-combustion bliss, but his dad had a predilection for something other than Blue Oval machines.
“I’ve been into cars my whole life,” Gibson says. “My dad was a car guy — a Chevy car guy — so we had a lot of fun picking on each other.”
Though he endures a little good-natured antagonism from his dad, Gibson remains undeterred in his Fox fandom. Rather, he loved the cars so much, that he originally picked up this coupe with the idea of making it a simple, everyday ride. However, as most enthusiasts know, those best-laid plans of not modding the next project that much often falls by the wayside.
“I got the car to drive every day, but it was a little rough. It had a blown head gasket when I got it. The paint was not good, and it needed some work. I took it apart to fix it and my OCD took over. I had to fix everything, so it got a new motor, paint job, etc.” Gibson explains. “Then it was too nice to daily drive. We drove the car for a couple of years, took it to shows, and did various things….
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